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Trump Administration Plans Major Expansion of Hunting, Fishing in Wildlife Refuges
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=3297"><span class="small">John Seewer, Associated Press</span></a>   
Friday, 07 June 2019 12:33

Seewer writes: "The Trump administration on Wednesday announced what it called a major expansion of hunting and fishing in the nation's wildlife refuges."

A pair of elk. (photo: Getty)
A pair of elk. (photo: Getty)

Trump Administration Plans Major Expansion of Hunting, Fishing in Wildlife Refuges

By John Seewer, Associated Press

07 June 19


he Trump administration on Wednesday announced what it called a major expansion of hunting and fishing in the nation’s wildlife refuges.

The plan affects 1.4 million acres on federal public lands, including 74 national wildlife refuges, U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge along Lake Erie in northern Ohio.

The proposal would also allow hunting and fishing for the first time at 15 national fish hatcheries.

“It’s a dramatic statement about our commitment to access,” Bernhardt said, adding: “The goal is to get more people out.”

Lack of access to hunting and fishing sites is one of the most common reasons people don’t begin those activities, Bernhardt said.

Among refuges where the expansion is proposed are Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin and Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming, where deer and elk hunting would be allowed for the first time.

Bernhardt said the expansion is the largest proposed by the administration to date.

The plan is to finalize the proposal by September after public comment. The proposal also calls for revising hunting and fishing rules at refuges in all states to more closely match state regulations.

Bernhardt said that latter proposal followed a comprehensive review of federal and state rules, something Bernhardt said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has never done.

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+6 # indian weaving 2019-06-07 17:30
A concomitant change in administrative hunting rules for the Washington, DC beltway now provides for open season on genocidal white maniacs that populate that national reservation of cowards.
+1 # tedrey 2019-06-08 08:03
I doubt there's any great public demand for this mindless decision other than Trump's basic gut drive:

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, *stomp* on these things.
+5 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-06-08 08:13
Huh? So what, then, is the meaning of /refuge/ if new policies make such territories no refuge? Stupidity is one thing, mindless destruction of resources ‘to get more people out’ is quite another.
+1 # coberly 2019-06-08 10:20